Real Madrid Make Move To Sign Player From Rivals Atletico
Rivalries make sport more intense and even better than it usually is. A lot of those rivalries are built on proximity but those are usually the most tribal. In football that often means a lack of transfers between two clubs from the same city, unless there's a release clause involved.
Outside the matches that are likely to decide who will win the league or go down there's simply nothing in football quite like a derby match, whether it's the vitriol that surrounds the Superclasico or a slightly more well mannered game between Chelsea and Fulham!
Heated rivalries to tend to make transfers between clubs quite difficult and the more tribal that rivalry becomes the less likely that is. For example not that many players tend to move from Celtic to Rangers or vice versa.
Spurs fans really love Sol Campbell. Image: PA Images.
Sol Campbell can attest to how difficult it can be move between local rivals and even if Alexis Sanchez' odds of moving from Arsenal to Spurs have been slashed to 3/1 it's unlikely anyone will be making the move from the Emirates to White Hart Lane anytime soon.
In Spain it's rare a player moves from Atletico Madrid to Real, or the other way. with the last one being José Manuel Jurado, who'd played just five games for Real before making that move.
However according to Marca today there's going to be another. The paper say that Los Blancos are going to trigger the 24 million release clause in the contract of young left back Theo Hernandez.
Hernandez battles with Luis Suarez. Image: PA Images
The French teenager with the Spanish name has been impressing whilst on loan at Alavez this season and has racked up 24 La Liga starts whilst away from his parent club this term.
Previously there has been a gentleman's agreement between the two Spanish capital teams that they wouldn't try to nick players off each other, which prevented Real's interest in Sergio Aguero before he moved to Manchester City, but this would be a change of tact.
Real would never have signed Aguero. Image: PA Images
Hernandez' dad played for Atleti but according to the report the family history won't be convincing him to stay at the team twice beaten in Champions League finals by the more illustrious rivals in the past three seasons.
It would certainly be a blow to Diego Simeone's side.